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After her mother refused abortion, baby with half a heart is thriving

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Lisa Ambler and her husband Michael had been unable to conceive a child for several years before they decided to use IVF to become pregnant with their daughter, Faith-Rose. Their second attempt at IVF was unsuccessful, and they decided not to try again. However, they became pregnant naturally with a baby girl.

However, the joyful news was soon followed by devastation as doctors discovered that the unborn baby girl, whom they had named Lacey-Janet, had hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a condition in which the left lower chamber of the heart does not develop or function correctly.

Ambler told the Hull Daily Mail, “When we were informed of the problems with Lacey-Janet’s heart, we were advised to terminate the pregnancy. However, I felt that it was all a dream.” “I was almost resigned to the possibility of an adverse outcome, given my lack of confidence in my ability to conceive again. Despite the reassurances that she would not survive long, we were adamant that we would not terminate the pregnancy, given that she was not expected to survive.”

In the case of a preborn child diagnosed with a heart condition, the condition is typically identified during an ultrasound examination conducted in the second trimester. In a recent interview, Dr. Anthony Levatino, a former abortionist, discussed the procedure of an abortion after 24 weeks of gestation.

Despite the medical advice that the infant, Lacey-Janet, was unlikely to survive beyond a certain age, her parents chose to ignore this counsel and proceeded with the pregnancy. Lacey-Janet was born on 14 August 2017, with a weight of six pounds and 10 ounces.

Following a brief period of deterioration, the doctors opted to perform open heart surgery on the infant in order to save her life.

“Doctors were contemplating removing the left ventricle and pumping through the right ventricle, but this would have resulted in a life expectancy of 10 to 20 years, which would have been a relatively short lifespan,” said Ambler. “Two holes in her heart were not identified on the scan; therefore, the largest hole was closed and it was anticipated that the smallest hole would close spontaneously over time.”

Lacey-Janet’s surgical procedure, which spanned eight hours, was ultimately successful. However, she required post-operative life support. Once she had recovered sufficiently, the medical team transferred her from the intensive care unit. However, the most distressing incident occurred when Ambler attempted to breastfeed Lacey-Janet.

Ambler stated, “I was particularly anxious, as this was the inaugural occasion on which I had provided nourishment to her since her surgical procedure.” “I placed her to my breast and she was able to feed without difficulty. However, suddenly, she became visibly fatigued and began to exhibit signs of respiratory distress.” I immediately alerted the nursing staff, who promptly responded by transporting the infant to the bed and initiating cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to restore her circulation and breathing. This was the most distressing experience for me, as I was holding the infant and felt responsible for her distress.

Lacey-Janet aspirated while eating and her lungs subsequently collapsed. Subsequently, the patient underwent a second surgical procedure, during which she was placed on a ventilator. She subsequently exhibited seizures. Her brain scans have now been completed and, according to Ambler, Lacey-Janet is making a remarkable recovery. It is recommended that she be monitored by a cardiologist throughout her life, as there is a slight narrowing of her left ventricle that could necessitate surgical intervention in the future.

Her parents have indicated that they would be amenable to another pregnancy, although they are currently focused on the care of Lacey-Janet and her older sister. Furthermore, they wish to inform other families facing similar circumstances that abortion is not a viable solution.

Ambler further emphasised the importance of raising awareness among those who are told to abort their babies and pressured into not keeping them. Lacey is a living proof that children can overcome such challenges and emerge stronger than we give them credit for.

It is worth noting that This appeared at Live Action News and is reposted with permission.


Daniel Miller is responsible for nearly all of National Right to Life News' political writing.

With the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, Daniel Miller developed a deep obsession with U.S. politics that has never let go of the political scientist. Whether it's the election of Joe Biden, the midterm elections in Congress, the abortion rights debate in the Supreme Court or the mudslinging in the primaries - Daniel Miller is happy to stay up late for you.

Daniel was born and raised in New York. After living in China, working for a news agency and another stint at a major news network, he now lives in Arizona with his two daughters.

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